SLO County supervisors cut meeting schedule in half

January 17, 2018

In order to provide more time to prepare for board meetings, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last year to meet twice a month in 2018, rather than four times a month as it has in the past. [Cal Coast Times]

Of the 58 county boards of supervisors in California, 41 meet twice a month, Supervisor John Peschong said. By reducing the number of meetings, the board hopes to provide staff and elected officials more time to prepare for meetings and study the issues.

“Each year, the Board of Supervisors meeting schedule varies, depending on various events which include fifth Tuesdays in the month, holidays, and mid-year breaks,”according to the Nov. 7 staff report.

The 2018 calendar includes 23 regular meetings, in addition to the annual budget hearing and special sessions that may be held for strategic planning purposes. If needed, SLO County officials can add extra meeting dates.

In November, the board also voted unanimously to provide County Administrative Officer Wade Horton with the authority to cancel and add board meetings at his discretion.
The board meets next on Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. at the Government Center on Monterey Street in the city of San Luis Obispo.

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Deciding to have less meetings sounds like a good example to set for the entirety of Staff. Hopefully there will be a shift from funding meetings and boondoggle travel (outside of this county) to roads and infrastructure improvements. I often wonder why, when there is no money for must do maintenance, there is money for lobby travel to other agencies that are, in reality, bankrupted? In my opinion, all training and travel expenses should require CAO approval. Certainly he will justify the expense vs ALL OTHER OPTIONS available to meet what is required by law.

Good. Two less weeks of Adam Hill per month.

Since the supervisors now have half as many Board of Supervisors meetings to attend is their pay going to be cut in half too?

Less opportunity for the nuisance of those annoying citizens to ask questions,